Women arrested after officer spots vehicle used in convenience store robbery

kterhune@idahostatesman.comSeptember 20, 2013 

A Boise woman accused of robbing a Chevron station on West Fairview Avenue Thursday night is in custody, police said.

Kaitlin Marie Hoffman, 26, has been charged with robbery after police say she threatened the cashier and demanded cash.

Prosecutors at Friday's arraignment said that Hoffman walked into the store with her hand in her pocket.

She allegedly told the cashier "don't make me pull it out," according to prosecutors. It's unclear if the suspect actually had a weapon.

The cashier gave Hoffman about $75, and Hoffman drove away in a Subaru with a bicycle on its back, prosecutors said.

Officers spotted a matching Subaru at about 1:30 a.m. Friday parked at a convenience store near West Boise Avenue and South Protest Road. Officers stopped and talked to Hoffman, who matched the description of Thursday night’s robber.

Police say they have evidence linking Hoffman to the crime.

Jade Ann Wake, 29, who was with Hoffman on Friday morning, was also involved in the robbery, police say.

Both women were arrested and booked into the Ada County Jail. Hoffman faces one felony count of robbery, while police said Wake was being charged as an accessory.

Wake was originally charged with a felony, but the count was changed to a misdemeanor before Friday's arraignment

At Friday's court appearance, she was only arraigned on a drug paraphernalia charge and released on her own recognizance. A pretrial conference for the accessory to robbery charge is scheduled for Oct. 22.

A judge set Hoffman's bond at $50,000 on the robbery charge. She is set to be back in court Oct 4.

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